When it comes to purchasing solutions for your business, naturally you want to maximize value, minimize cost, and achieve the shortest path ROI. That’s not just good business sense: that’s good common sense, too! However, as you may have already experienced, going with the lowest bidder is almost always a disastrous and regrettable decision. As noted by the law firm Brent Law Group, PLLC:
"At least once a week, I have an opportunity to meet with an individual whose life has been hurt by a lowest bidder. Contractors, prior attorneys, mechanics, etc. who low-ball do so for a reason, in my experience. My great-grandmother used to say it takes twice as long to do something fast. I firmly believe it can cost twice as much to get something done cheaply."
Unfortunately, the list of dubious vendors and service providers that use lowball bids to deceive clients must also include business movers – because there are certainly no shortage of those that will cut corners, fail to complete work as per the agreement, and even lock away equipment and furniture until an exorbitant bill is paid (often prompting victims to go through the stress and expense of securing the services of a law firm such as the one noted above).
Our Advice: “Too Good to Be True” Business Move Prices are NOT True!
With over three decades of experience, we can say with absolute confidence that lowball business move quotes that seem “too good to be true” are NOT true.
After all, they have to make a profit as well. And they will get that profit by delivering much less than you expect, or they will add on fee after fee. And in many cases, some business movers will do BOTH of these to you at the same time. Talk about adding insult to injury!
By all means, strive to get excellent value with your business move. But never lose sight that it’s precisely that: a business move. Incompetent, unethical, unprofessional, or in some cases outright illegal actions will be much more than inconvenient. They will end up costing you thousands of dollars and could harm your business’s reputation – which will cost thousands more.
And when you add up the financial damage, you’ll almost certainly find yourself agreeing with the sage words of 19th century social thinker John Ruskin:
"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better."
No, we don’t believe that Mr. Ruskin was specifically thinking of an office relocation when he extolled this timeless wisdom. But he might as well have been – because it’s 100% applicable for every business move that you’ll ever be a part of. Contact the Precision team today and let us help you have a successful business move.
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